Monday, March 31, 2014

UN's expert panel IPCC issues devastating report: Impact of global warming 'irreversible' | The Raw Story

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/03/31/uns-expert-panel-ipcc-issues-devastating-report-impact-of-global-warming-irreversible/

Scientists create high-energy biofuel for rockets and other aerospace applications via engineered bacteria | The Raw Story

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/03/31/scientists-create-high-energy-biofuel-for-rockets-and-other-aerospace-applications-via-engineered-bacteria/

Methane-spewing microbe blamed for Earth's worst mass extinction | The Raw Story

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/03/31/methane-spewing-microbe-blamed-for-earths-worst-mass-extinction/

Credo Petition: President Obama, Keystone XL Is Bad For Public Health And Must Be Rejected!

http://www.credomobilize.com/petitions/keystone-xl-is-bad-for-public-health-and-must-be-rejected?akid=10305.2848933.HM8FvL&rd=1&suppress_one_click=true&t=4

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Anti-Fracking Activist Wins Round Against Major Driller in PA

http://www.truth-out.org/buzzflash/commentary/anti-fracking-activist-wins-round-against-major-driller-in-pa

Nancy Drew and the mystery of the secret oil spill | Grist

http://grist.org/climate-energy/nancy-drew-and-the-mystery-of-the-secret-oil-spill/

Truthout Interviews Featuring Sheila D. Collins on Drought and Social Conflict

http://truth-out.org/news/item/22775-truthout-interviews-featuring-sheila-d-collins-on-drought-and-social-conflict

Please watch and share "Who Pays the Price?" with your friends.

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In their film, White and Zhang introduce you to workers like Ming Kunpeng, above, who was poisoned while working for an Apple chip supplier, and Yi Yeting, who provides moving testimony about being poisoned by benzene in his work. “I’ve now been through 28 chemotherapy treatments,” says Yi.  “My bones hurt a lot.  It feels like thousands of ants biting my insides.”

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Congress Uses Ukraine as "Shock Doctrine" Excuse To Expand Explosive and Polluting Gas (LNG) Exports

http://www.truth-out.org/buzzflash/commentary/congress-uses-ukraine-as-shock-doctrine-excuse-to-expand-dangerous-and-polluting-gas-lng-exports

Forget Russian Gas, Just Frack Europe: Obama | Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/03/27-2

How a Toxic Leak Made One Town the Subjects of a Live Human Experiment - NationalJournal.com

http://www.nationaljournal.com/magazine/how-a-toxic-leak-made-one-town-the-subjects-of-a-live-human-experiment-20140327

Borrowed Time on Disappearing Land - NYTimes.com

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BP Doubles Initial Size Estimate of Lake Michigan Oil Spill | DeSmogBlog

http://desmogblog.com/2014/03/27/bp-doubles-initial-estimate-size-lake-michigan-oil-spill

On Climate Impasse: Appetite and Substitutes

http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/22752-on-climate-impasse-appetite-and-substitutes

Do Humans Have a Madness Gene That Will Ensure the End of the Planet as We Know It?

http://truth-out.org/progressivepicks/item/22706-do-humans-have-a-madness-gene

IPCC report: climate change felt 'on all continents and across the oceans' | Environment | The Guardian

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/mar/28/ipcc-report-climate-change-report-human-natural-systems

Friday, March 28, 2014

Developers Invest Billions In Oklahoma; Firm Unveils Global Wind Market Roundup

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A Global Wind Market Roundup Of 2013 And Beyond
on 27 Mar 2014 by NAW Staff
Navigant Research has released its annual BTM World Market Update report covering the wind power industry. The study reveals a 20% global drop in new wind capacity in 2013, a shakeup in the top 10 turbine makers, technology trends, and operations and maintenance (O&M) highlights. In addition, the research firm [read more]
Wind Sector Has Invested Billions Of Dollars In Oklahoma
on 27 Mar 2014 by NAW Staff
The wind energy industry in Oklahoma has invested more than $6 billion in wind farm construction and contributed more than $1 billion to the production of goods and services in the state, according to a new study commissioned by The Wind Coalition Oklahoma office. "Wind energy is no longer 'alternative' [read more]
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WTO Calls On China To End Restrictions On Rare Earth Exports
on 27 Mar 2014 by NAW Staff
The World Trade Organization (WTO) has ruled that China has unfairly restricted its export of rare earth elements. Rare earth metals, such as neodymium, are used in permanent-magnet direct-drive generators in wind turbines. According to the United Steelworkers (USW) union, China produces more than 95% of all rare earths, which [read more]
PG&E Surpasses 20% Renewable Energy Milestone
on 27 Mar 2014 by NAW Staff
California-based Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) says it delivered 22.5% of its power from eligible renewable resources in 2013 and is on track to meet the state's 33% by 2020 renewable portfolio standard. PG&E says this marks the first time that its renewable energy deliveries - including solar, wind, [read more]
TradeWind Signs Two Oklahoma Power Contracts Totaling 234 MW
on 27 Mar 2014 by NAW Staff
TradeWind Energy Inc. has entered into 20-year power purchase agreements (PPAs) with the Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) for two Oklahoma wind farms totaling 234 MW. TradeWind is developing the 136 MW Mustang Run project in Osage County and the 98 MW Breckinridge project near Enid. According to the company, [read more]

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Senvion Nets 67.65 MW Turbine Order In Scotland
on 27 Mar 2014 by NAW Staff
Senvion SE, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Suzlon Group, has received a 67.65 MW order from Scottish energy firm SSE. Under the contract, Senvion will supply 33 Senvion MM82 wind turbines to SSE's new Strathy North Wind Farm, located near the village of Strathy in Sutherland, Scotland. The turbines [read more]
Boulder Wind Power Expands Generator, Power Conversion Portfolio
on 27 Mar 2014 by NAW Staff
Boulder Wind Power (BWP), a Colorado-based developer of permanent-magnet generators and full power converter technology for utility-scale wind turbines, has expanded its product portfolio for onshore and offshore applications. Originally focused on developing and testing core technology for direct-drive turbines, BWP says it now offers solutions for geared turbines in [read more]
Natural Power Helps 1.1 GW Offshore Wind Farm Win Approval
on 27 Mar 2014 by NAW Staff
Renewable energy consultancy Natural Power says it has provided consent support for the 1.1 GW Moray offshore wind farm. The project, located off the Caithness coast in Scotland, recently received approval in the Crown Estate's Round 3 process. Renewables Ltd., a joint venture between EDP Renewables and Repsol Nuevas Energias [read more]

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Kansas House Slaps Down Effort To Repeal Renewables Mandate
on 27 Mar 2014 by NAW Staff
Although the Kansas Senate had approved a bill to repeal the state's renewable portfolio standard (RPS) on Tuesday, the state House of Representatives later rejected the proposed legislation in a 77-42 vote on Wednesday. The RPS requires the state's utilities to source 20% of their electricity from renewable energy resources [read more]
Cape Wind Offshore Project Receives More European Backing
on 26 Mar 2014 by NAW Staff
Cape Wind and The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd. (BTMU) have added France-based Natixis and Netherlands-based Rabobank to serve as lead arrangers for the 468 MW Cape Wind project, which is being developed off the coast of Massachusetts. Natixis and Rabobank will work with BTMU to structure and arrange the [read more]
Deepwater Wind Vies For LIPA Power Purchase Agreement
on 26 Mar 2014 by NAW Staff
In response to a Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) request for proposals for new sources of renewable energy, developer Deepwater Wind is submitting an offer to supply Long Island with more than 200 MW from its Deepwater ONE project - an offshore wind farm planned approximately 30 miles east of [read more]

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SSE Backs Away From Offshore Wind; Industry Demands Policy Certainty
on 26 Mar 2014 by NAW Staff
U.K.-based energy company SSE is stepping back from its offshore wind investments, a move that industry stakeholders say signals the need for policy certainty. SSE has revealed plans to reduce its stake in the approved 750 MW Beatrice offshore wind project from 75% to no more than 50%. Furthermore, the [read more]
RES Taps Nordex For Two Wind Farms In The U.K.
on 26 Mar 2014 by NAW Staff
Nordex SE has been awarded two wind contracts totaling 25 MW in the U.K. by returning customer RES. Located in North West Norfolk, the 15 MW Jack's Lane Wind Farm will have six N90/2500 turbines. The 10 MW Woolley Hill Wind Warm, located in Huntingdonshire, will feature four N100/2500 turbines. [read more]
Senvion To Install 6.2M152 Prototype Offshore Wind Turbine
on 26 Mar 2014 by NAW Staff
Senvion SE, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Suzlon Group, has started work in Germany to install the prototype of its new 6.2M152 offshore wind turbine. The company is building access routes to the Langen-Neuenwalde location, 20 km north of Bremerhaven, and the 6.15 MW turbine is scheduled to begin [read more]
Gamesa Signs 49.3 MW Contract With CGN Wind Energy In China
on 26 Mar 2014 by NAW Staff
Gamesa has entered a 49.3 MW supply contract with Chinese company CGN Wind Energy for the Chengdingsha wind farm, being built in Shandong province. The scope of the agreement calls for the installation and commissioning of 25 G97-2.0 MW class III wind turbines, which Gamesa says it designed specifically for [read more]
Study: California Could Cash In On Wyoming Wind Power
on 26 Mar 2014 by NAW Staff
Californians would benefit and save money - up to $1 billion in annual generation costs - if a new direct-current transmission line connected the California grid to Wyoming's high-capacity wind energy resources, according to an economic analysis produced by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Commissioned by the Wyoming Infrastructure [read more]

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BP Refinery Leaks Oil Into Lake Michigan | ThinkProgress

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Battle of the Bulbs
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As of Jan. 1, 2014, 40- and 60-watt incandescent light bulbs are no longer manufactured in the U.S. as part of efficiency standards signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2007. Previously, the government regulations phased out 70- and 100-watt bulbs over the last…

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Dreaded Red Meat on the Grill

For pregnant women, and those planning to conceive, a healthy diet is an important consideration, not only for the mother’s health, but also the health of her unborn child. While supermarket aisles are lined with processed foods that have ingredient lists made up of…

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A Greener Blue Lagoon

As the sea plane banks to the right and I look down through the open window, sunlight glints off one of the largest solar arrays I’ve ever seen, and the next thing I know we are splashing down in the turquoise waters of Fiji’s fabled Blue Lagoon. The pilot cuts the…

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Outside of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign to urge kids to exercise more and eat better, this administration remains largely indifferent to the disaster that is the country’s outdated food and agriculture policy. U.S. Department of Agriculture…

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The Environmental Promise of Open Ocean Fish Farms

When Neil Sims was working as a marine biologist in the Cook Islands—an idyllic scattering of white sand and blue lagoon islands halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii—he couldn’t help but notice something about the islanders’ traditional fishing, in this case,…

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New Funds for Renewables
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Dan Reicher is an expert in environmental policy, finance and technology who has served three presidents. He was a member of President Obama’s Transition Team and served as Assistant Secretary of Energy under President Clinton. Currently, Reicher is the executive director…

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Dear EarthTalk: What is the environmental impact of those “K-Cups” everyone seems to be using nowadays to make coffee at both home and office?

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